ABS Thursday Notes- April 25, 2019

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                 April 25, 2019




No School for Students- Wed, May 1


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, and not just re-decorate it.” – Banksy


The NC Standard Course of Study requires 6th graders to develop an understanding of “the emergence, expansion, and decline of civilizations and societies in the ancient world,” from the beginnings of human society through 1450.

This is a dramatically broad swath of time and events for 10-11-year-olds to digest in a few short months. The grand scope suggests the art of film making. Through years of developing our 6th grade film project, we find that the prospect of performing in their own short films is a great motivator for kids’ research. An ABS student interviewed for a 2016 “Nations Report Card” video said that this project inspired and transformed the way he approached research; an influence that has stuck with him.

After deep research on Genghis Khan, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Mansa Musa, each class shared what they thought were the most critical details from their assigned leader’s story. They helped construct rhymes for lyrics that were set to upbeat musical theater classic songs, providing a Monty Python-esque sense of absurdity that inspires kid humor and silly anachronisms; desirable traits for this project. They visited Ovation Sound to pre-record their soundtracks, then developed ideas for a shot list to make their movies.

This week, visiting artist Tyler Hickman, a freelance filmmaker, is working with Mr. Brown to film the three numbers. Kids are learning first-hand that movie making is grueling, fun, time-consuming, and requires a lot of “hurry up and wait.” Today the Great Golden Hordes of Genghis Khan, outfitted in furs, helmets, and plastic weaponry, are battling in the nooks and crannies of our campus. Yesterday pilgrims accompanied the richest man in the history of the world, Mansa Musa, king of the Malian Empire, on his way to Mecca. They danced joyfully through the desert (you know, that place where the grass has been worn away by a little too much soccer?) scattering gold to the peasants and inadvertently crashing the economy of Egypt in the process. And Tuesday, Eleanor of Aquitaine, surrounded by ladies-in-waiting bedecked with flowery crowns, wiled her way toward the downfall of King Henry the 2nd, with Crusaders galloping their stick horses on every side.

Ideas and problem-solving and laughter abound. Teachers remind students that this is a “No Complaining” zone. Yes, you get too hot, too bored, too impatient. Welcome to the movies. But each time they shoot the moment again, students are reviewing those same facts. Over and over, they sing:


Come on, join us in thirteen twenty-four

We are walking four thousand miles or more

It’s Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage, a famous episode

And he’s sharing a mountain of gold.


We will share our movies with 6th grade parents on May 23, with individual class times still being adjusted. Teachers will communicate the final schedule as soon as it is determined.


Join Us for Community Creates!  

Saturday, May 4th from 7-11pm

Please join us for an evening of amazing art, cool people and funky festivities!  Our annual Community Creates art auction supports our school’s artists-in-residence program – think Mr. Bill, Diana Greene, Thao Nguyen and all the other amazing artists in the community who work with our kids! Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door and include hors d’oeuvres and dinner from our friends at The Porch & Alma Mexicana as well as some tasty adult beverages (yes, this party is adults only!).  Go to  http://www.communitycreates.com for more information and to purchase your tickets now!


Many thanks to our Community Creates Sponsors!

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors and event partners who are helping to make our Community Creates fundraiser spectacular!

A very special thank you goes out to:

  • Presenting Sponsor
    • Chris and Shon Gilmore with Carolinas Pain Institute
  • Community Partner 
    • Sarah Shoaf with Salem Smiles
  • Community Supporters
    • Teresa Blackburn with The Ginther Group/ Keller Williams Realty
    • Amber and David Dalholt with Sunnyside Mercantile/ Sunnyside Millwork
  • Community Friends
    • Andy Scott with State Farm Insurance Agency
  • Friends of ABS
    • Ginny Norton with Hatch Early Learning
    • Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
    • Katherine White with Wildfire
  • Event Partners
    • Jon Stewart with Hauser Rental
    • Beth Spieler with The Porch & Alma Mexicana


You will not want to miss this event! Please join us on Saturday, May 4th from 7-11pm.  All proceeds support the ABS Artist-in-Residence program.  Buy your tickets today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-creates-2019-tickets-57046355184?aff=erelexpmlt



Yearbooks are in!

Preordered yearbooks will be coming home this afternoon with your student, please check to make sure your order is correct. If you have any questions regarding your order contact Mrs. Brown at dbrown@artsbasedschool.com or 336.748.4116 ext. 2000. General sales will start next Tuesday, April 30. You may purchase them for $20 from Mrs. Garner in the MLK building or Mrs. Brown in the 7th St. building. Quantities are limited.


Volunteers Needed for Community Creates!:

Our big event is almost here.

We need our volunteers to create a smooth-running event.  Please contact Robin Hollis (rhollis@artsbasedschool.com) to sign up for:

*Set up: Friday May 3rd, 3:30-5:30pm

Parking Assistant Sat. May 4th, 6:30-8:30pm

Check-In: Sat. May 4th, 6:30-8:30pm

Table Bussing: Sat. May 4th, 7-9pm

Bartending: Sat. May 4th 6pm-11pm

100 for 100 Docents: Sat. May 4th, 7-9:30pm

Check-out Assistants: Sat. May 4th, 10:30-11:30pm

*Break-Down: Sunday, May 5th, 11am-1pm


* Both Set up and Break-down will involve some lifting.  We are in need of a few strong people.


Skate Night Coming Up

Join us for our final skate night on Tuesday, May 7, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Skate Haven, 120 Hood Drive.The charge is $5.00 for entry and skate rental. This is one of the biggest fund raisers for the K-Kids to use in their charitable missions. So grab your family, friends and neighbors and GET ROLLING!


Book Club Discussion

This year we invited ABS parents, staff, and board members to read Waking Up White by Debby Irving. Her book has been called one of the “most important books on race in recent memory” partly because her story provides a context that allows white people to quickly grasp modern racism’s inner workings and enter into conversations with new awareness and skill.

 We’ve set a date to discuss for Monday, April 29th at 6pm at the Arts Based School.  Please consider reading the book and joining the conversation….


Don’t have time for a book?  Check out Debby Irving’s website http://www.debbyirving.com/


or listen to her TED talk


ABS  Summer Camp

Join us for a week of suspenseful fun! Camp registration is currently open to ABS students only and filling up quickly.   See more information and registration at ABS Summer Camps


Extended Day Program

ABS will offer an extended day program from 2:00-5:30 PM for parents who need care beyond the summer camp hours of 9-2. The cost is an additional $15 per day. Space is limited! Those who are interested should contact slefever@artsbasedschool.com